Orchestras Feeding America

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 60,000 agencies.


Over the past eight years, Orchestras Feeding America has seen over 360 orchestras from across the country collect and donate nearly 500,000 pounds of food. The efforts of these orchestras have helped spread the word about how and why orchestras are so necessary to their communities and shows the power orchestras have to bring people together.

Orchestras Feeding America QC

Did you know that 13,390 Quad City area children do not have access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food? This winter the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles, Pleasant Valley School District Orchestras, Moline – Coal Valley School District Orchestras, Rock Island – Milan School District Orchestras, and Iron + Grain Coffee House will team up with River Bend Food Bank to raise funds, collect food donations, and pull together volunteers to work towards the goal of ending hunger in the Quad Cities.


One of the most important programs executed by the River Bend Food Bank, is their Backpack Program. This partnerships with area schools and non-profits provides bags, placed discreetly in a backpack, with enough nutritious food to sustain a child throughout the weekend. The River Bend Food Bank needs help assembling the bags of food at the food bank facility in Davenport.

Backpack Packing Event
Who: QCSO Musicians, Staff, Board, Volunteers, Patrons, and anyone who would like to help!
What: Packing bags of food for area children.
Where: River Bend Food Bank, 4010 Kimmel Dr. Davenport, IA 52802
When: Saturday, February 1st 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM



Monetary donations will be accepted on the River Bend Food Bank website throughout this initiative. Please indicate that your donation is part of the Orchestras Feeding America program in the comment section of the donation form. CLICK HERE to donate!

Food Donations will be accepted at the following locations throughout the month of February:
Quad City Symphony Orchestra Offices (327 Brady St. Davenport, IA)
Iron+Grain Coffee House (585 12th Ave. East Moline, IL 61244)

Food Donations will be accepted at the following events:
Masterworks IV, February 1 and 2
Moline High School Orchestra Concert, February 6th @ 7:00 PM
Rock Island High School Orchestra Concert, February 21st @ 7:00 PM
QCSYE Winter Concerts, February 23rd @ 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Pleasant Valley High School Orchestra Concert, March 2nd @ 6:30 PM
Pleasant Valley Junior High School 6-8 Orchestra Concert, March 12th @ 6:00 PM

2020 Orchestras Feeding America Initiative Sponsor: Iron + Grain Coffee House

Funding for the QCSO website provided by the Scott County Regional Authority